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Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch for the Volkswagen New Beetle, 2001

Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch

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Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - Volkswagen New Beetle, 2001

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant Volkswagen New Beetle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.


  • Custom-fit trailer hitch lets you tow a trailer or carry a bike rack or cargo carrier with your Volkswagen New Beetle
  • Computer-aided, fully welded steel construction ensures strength and durability
  • Tested Tough - safety and reliability criteria exceed industry standards
  • Bolt-on installation - no welding required
    • Complete hardware kit and installation instructions included
  • Lifetime technical support from the experts at
  • Black powder coat finish covers e-coat base for superior rust protection
  • Drawbar sold separately - pin and clip included


  • Receiver opening: 1-1/4" x 1-1/4"
  • Rating: Class I
    • Maximum gross trailer weight: 2,000 lbs
    • Maximum tongue weight: 200 lbs
  • Limited lifetime warranty

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite Tested Tough

Draw-Tite's Tested Tough program provides testing standards far superior to those outlined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), the go-to source for engineering professionals.

Each Draw-Tite trailer hitch receiver undergoes extensive fatigue testing and static testing with the ball mount that is either supplied or recommended for use with that particular hitch, thus ensuring results that are applicable to real life use. Fatigue testing is also conducted on hitches rated for use with weight-distribution systems.

In addition, Draw-Tite performs static testing on a simulated automobile, as opposed to the rigid fixture used for SAE testing, resulting in a more true-to-life scenario. Technical Support

At we're committed to the products we sell, and to our customers. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff are available via both phone and email to address your questions and concerns for the lifetime of your hitch. The technicians at etrailer perform hitch installations on a daily basis, making them a valuable resource for do-it-yourselfers. The one-on-one, personal service you'll receive comes straight from an expert in the towing and automotive field. We've installed it, we've wired it and we've towed with it, so whatever your question, we can answer it.

24679 Draw-Tite Class 1 Trailer Hitch Receiver - Sportframe

Video of Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4"

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Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - Draw-Tite
Video install hitch 2002 volkswagen beetle
Trailer Hitch Installation - 2002 Volkswagen Beetle

Video Transcript for Trailer Hitch Installation - 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle - Draw-Tite

Today, on our 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Hardtop, we're going to install Part Number 24679. This is a Draw Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver, Class I, 1-1/4 inch. This is what the hitch looks like once installed on our Beetle. We'll take a closer look at it, you can see it does sit entirely below the bottom edge of the bumper. This has an 1-1/4 inch receiver hitch. It also uses a 1/2 inch, hinchpin hole. You've got 2 loops here for your safety chains for your trailer.

This hitch is ready for 2000 pounds total trailer weight, and 200 pounds ton weight which pulls down on the car. Used for attaching points, it used a tie down loop here, on the passenger side, and on the driver side, there is a tie down point where the muffler hanger is. Basically what happens is, the hitch gets stacked into the frame and the muffler bracket gets stacked on top of the hitch. Going forward on the hitch to this cross bar here, 2 holes have to be drilled into a trunk pan and then we can install our hardware. Next, we'll go ahead and give you some measurements that will help you out in selecting some accessories, such as a bicycle rack, or a cargo carrier. From the top of the receiver opening down to the ground will be about 8 1/2 inches.

From the center of the hitch pin hole to the edge of the bumper, will be 4 1/2 inches. Now, we'll go ahead and show you how the hitch is installed. First thing we need to do is go ahead and open the back catch, and we need to go ahead and remove the floor liner and remove the spare tire. We've got our spare tire out of the way, and that way when we drill a hole through the trunk panel, we don't have to worry about damaging the tire. Now, we need to go underneath the vehicle. The next thing we need to go ahead and remove the bolts for its hanger bracket for the exhaust. Bolt here, and here.

A socket we're using to remove the hardware for the exhaust bracket is a 13mm socket and extension. This section of the heat shield we have to bend up and out of the way to make room for a hitch. Mark it out here. It just makes things easier, I'm going to go to this fold, right here and then just go up to the bracket. I'll go ahead and cut it with some inaudible 00:02:20 make it a little easier to push up. At this point, we're ready to go ahead and put the hitch up in position.

A couple of notes, that the passenger side of the hitch will fit over the tow hook, right here. On the driver side, our hitch is going to sit on top of the exhaust bracket. Eventually, the hardware will go through the exhaust bracket to the hitch and into the frame. After you have it in position, it's a good idea to put a jack underneath to hold it up in place, while we install our hardware and then drill out our holes, which will be later on. Go ahead and hold it up with the jack and make it still loose enough where it can move around a little bit. Now, I'll go ahead and work up the hardware that I'll run through the exhaust bracket and through the hitch, and into the frame. It's a new small metric bolt. It will get a new lock washer and get 2 flat washers. We'll use our same tools as before. Use a piece of thumb on the inside to help grip the bolt and we'll push it into place. We've got one in there and we'll install the second bolt with the same hardware. We don't have it tightened down, we just have it loose as possible and still hold in shape. Now, we'll go to the passenger side and install the hardware there. Make sure the hitch is pushed in all the way. We'll go ahead and work our bolt in from the top down. It uses a long 1/2 inch carriage bolt. There's not much room to work it in there, so, it probably would have been a good idea, the instructions don't say anything, but it probably would have been a good idea to work this in there while I put the hitch up, but we can also use a bolt leader to help pull it through, as well. I'm going to take a bolt leader, run it through the hole and route it out behind the hitch, thread on to our bolt. The bolt leader we're using is Part Number 80101-1. This does not come with the hitch. Make sure you pull the bolt completely through the hitch and it locks into it since there's a square hole in the hitch. Then we'll install the large, thick lock with the round hole. We'll follow that up with a 1/2 inch lock washer and a nut. We're just tightening up just to take up the slack. Next, we'll go ahead and push our hitch up. Make sure its secure against the trunk pan. Now, we'll go ahead and drill out our holes in the trunk pan. Our hitch will serve as a template to drill out 2, 1/2 inch holes. On the inside of the trunk, we'll get the small, square block, and the short, 1/2 inch carriage bolt. That will go through the trunk pan and into the hitch. We'll also use some sealant to seal the holes, as well. The sealant we're using is Part Number LT37467. The Loctite RTV 598 High Performance, Silicone Gasket Maker. We'll go ahead and install our hardware. We'll go back underneath the car and install our lock washer and nut. With all our hardware loosely installed, we'll go ahead and tighten them down and torque them down as specified in the instructions. We'll start by the bumper and work our way forward. For the 1/2 inch bolts, we use a 3/4 inch socket. At this point, we can go ahead and reinstall our spare tire and components. With that, that will finish it for Draw Tite Sports Frame Trailer Hitch Receiver Class I, Inch and 1/4, Part Number 24679 on our 2003 Volkswagon New Beetle Hard Top. .

Customer Reviews

Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch Receiver - Custom Fit - Class I - 1-1/4" - 24679

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (810 Customer Reviews)

This fully welded, corrosion-resistant vehicle trailer hitch receiver is perfect for your light-duty towing needs. Draw-Tite's Tested Tough guarantee ensures that this hitch exceeds industry standards. Drawbar sold separately.

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by: Ryan H.09/08/2011

I bought this hitch for my 2001 VW Golf. The shipping was fast and cheap, (especially considering the size of the package) and the hitch showed up at my front door a few days after ordering, well-packed and undamaged. The install process was relatively straightforward, but I would say almost impossible without a second person to help hold the hitch in place while the bolts are attached. I ended up calling a friend and using the scissor jack out of the trunk of my car to hold the hitch in place while I bolted it in. I did run into a minor problem with a clearance issue between the rear valence on the car and the receiver portion of the hitch, but I rectified it by making a small cut-out in the plastic of the bumper with my pocketknife. Since the hitch is a permanent addition, I wasn't too concerned about making this alteration- you can't see it unless you look under the bumper, regardless. The package shipped with all the necessary hardware, and even included a hardcopy of the mounting instructions. As others have said, eye protection is key for this job, because you're going to have rust and road grit raining down on you while you try to move the hitch into position, and most of it is stuff you don't want in your eyes. In terms of actual towing, the hitch worked exactly as expected. I towed a uhaul trailer about 400 miles with absolutely no problems. It easily passed a safety inspection, and provided completely trouble-free operation. For the price and ease of install, this product can't really be beat! 23689

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by: Roger H.09/11/2014

I'm glad my colleague convinced me to order a hitch from etrailer. The install went smoothly and my wife couldn't be happier with the hitch on her VW Beetle, now she gets to cart around her bike whenever she wants. I did benefit from reading other reviews and ended up using both a jack and a basketball/block of wood to prop up the hitch during the install (a second set of hands would have done the same thing). I also benefitted from owning a set of ramps to prop the back end of the car up, you can do it without but the added space was a huge help. Don't forget to order the "bolt leader" to thread through the 1/2" carriage bolt but you can also fish it through with a thin piece of wire. Overall the install was really easy and could be done by just about anyone. 150749

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by: John W03/18/2015

I received the hitch a day early and it was easy to track from the website and\or email I received. The staff was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. I watched a short video and installed the hitch without any problem. I however should have ordered the ball mount at the same time to avoid shipping. I am happy with my purchase and will order other hitches for my other vehicles. 179424

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by: Russ C.07/10/2014

I bought a hitch from etrailer so I could install a bike rack on my 06 beetle. The order was quickly filled and all parts were included. Instructions were clear and the videos on the website made installation a breeze. Everything fit exactly as it was supposed to. Here is a pic of the hitch in action. It was a pleasure doing business with you guys......... 140548

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by: Dave Meissner02/13/2011

I ordered this hitch and cannot believe how fast it arrived. I had Uhaul install it for me without any problems. I ordred from you guys because Uhaul said that it would take them up to 10 days to get it. My order arrived in four days and dropped on my front proch in perfect condition. I have since gone on their web site to find a bike rack and am really impressed with all the information that is available including videos. What a great site - puts all the rest to shame. Good prices as well. 7121

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by: David B01/22/2011

We have to use a hitch to mount a bike rack, which my wife uses also as a wheelchair carrier for her work. The hitch fit where it said, and installation wasn't too difficult. (Wear safety glasses! You will get a lot of sand and/or dirt in your eyes without them.) Our tow hook was more of a circle than the loop shown on the instructions. Taking out the passenger side back-up light during installation made getting the bolt in possible. 5899

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by: James W.10/10/2013

The trailer hitch is solidly built an fairly straightforward to install even on your own. However having an extra set hands to hold hitch in place will help. The exhaust tip does rub against the hitch while car is running an creates a lil extra noise but a couple of zip ties should move exhaust that extra half inch to eliminate that. Otherwise great product. 2003 VW GTI 103373


Hitch and exhaust contact does happen from time to time, but it is an easy fix. Zip ties probably will not cut it. They will either break or melt. Take a long, heavy pair of channel locks and bend the exhaust hangers in the area to get the tip away from the hitch, or you can swap out the rubber isolator for a different length to get the tip away.

Patrick B - 10/14/2013


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by: Ben Garr.05/14/2012

Installation was very easy not hard at all, everything bolts and nuts Iall was in the bag. Just backed the VW GOLF UP ON TWO RAMPS I USE TO CHANGE OIL AND IT LOOKED JUST LIKE THE VEDIO YOU SHOW. TOOK ABOUT ONE HOUR. I also ordered the The two bike carrier to carry my mountain bike, can't wait for it to come. THANKS FOR YOUR PRODUCT LINE 40484

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by: Gerry Morin07/31/2011

Installed very easily on my 2003 New Beetle. All the mounting points lined up, all the necessary hardware was there including longer bolts where it attached to the frame in existing threaded mounting position of the exhaust system. Drilled two holes only. Seems to be a very rugged assembly. Very satisfied. 20626

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by: Jordan08/16/2012

The draw-tite frame is made of very sturdy metal. I was impressed with how well it mated with the car and it installed in under an hour. Very satisfied and I will order from etrailer again since it came UPS in less that two days after I ordered it. Great buy! Thank you! 51884

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by: Chester04/18/2012

I have had this hitch for several years and have towed a trailer very easily. IT SAVED MY CAR WHEN I GOT REAR ENDED! It was a fairly slow crash and bent up the hitch but only tiny paint transfer on my car. As a hatchback I think I would have bean totaled otherwise. 37673

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by: Scott B.04/27/2012

The hitch i ordered was delivered very fast and the video i viewed to install it on my vehicle made it very easy to install. It fit perfectly and only took about a half hour to install. I am very pleased and strongly recommend etrailer to others!!!!! 38649

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by: Erica C07/19/2011

fit my 2002 Golf TDI perfectly. Super easy install - drilling through the trunk pan was the only somewhat difficult part. looks like a rock solid hitch, pulled a small trailer easily, we'll test it with a pop-up soon! 19698

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by: Chrissy F.04/27/2013

The lady on the phone who helped me was totally amazing. She sent everything I needed. Now my little bug is all ready to go road trippin'. Picture of Truckers World installing it. Thanks y'all! 78093

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by: Bass M.04/17/2010

A 1 hitch for my beetle With a convertable beetle the hitch mount reciever was the only way to go for my bike rack. This hitch went on easily and does the job as described. thanks 2940

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by: Rene Robichaux04/28/2012

The trailer hitch was easy to install on my 2006 VW Beetle. In fact, it took me almost as much time to get the spare tire back in the trunk as it did to instal the hitch. 38715

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by: Tony M07/31/2011

Installation went very well. Relatively easy. Hitch looks well built. The two additional bolts which are located in the spare tire well add structural rigidity. 20621

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by: David S.06/01/2012

The "excellent" applies to the price, ordering, shipping, and delivery. I will be happy to respond further after the hitch has been installed. 42277

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by: timothy eder05/14/2012 took longer to find all my tools than to install this on my 2002 golf .. no problems at all, now i can go look at trailers . 40509

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by: anthony03/25/2013

Hitch was perfect. Fit good had all the parts I'm very pleased with I would definitely buy from them again 72390

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by: David Speak09/18/2012

Very fast service and installation went just like the instructions. Fast delivery and great price! Thanks, Dave 55048

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by: Carl S.08/17/2011

Good design, more mounting points than the competition. Fantastic experience with etrailer. Highly recommended! 22012

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by: Dean05/20/2013

Perfect fit on my 2002 TDI VW Golf. Install took less then an hour. 81215

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by: Darryl Lindsley11/07/2011

The hitch installed quite easily, the instructions were right on. 26660

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by: Tim E10/19/2011

extremely quick delivery. Easy to install as video illustrated 25824

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by: Kent S.01/17/2012

Good quality and pricing. Fast shipping. 29855

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by: OConnor.rob10/04/2013

Fits perfect 102578

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by: Dwayne Mitschke08/02/2012

Great! 50351

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by: Charles W.07/13/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

Comparison Review Draw-Tite or Drawtite 24899 and Curt 11681 hitches for 2013 Honda Accord 4-dr. Due to a manufacturing defect on the first hitch I installed, I had the pleasure of installing both of these hitches in the past 3 weeks on my Accord. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to write this review. Mounting hardware: Draw-Tite came with SAE Grade 5 carriage bolts, Curt came with stronger Grade 8 carriage bolts and nuts. Apparent strength of the hitch: reviews of the Curt state that a strap is needed to stabilize bike racks, Draw-Tite does not incl. this warranty condition. However, the Curt’s receiver channel has a welded collar that reinforces the square tube that is the business end of the receiver, the Draw-Tite does not. I suspect that Curt’s collar makes the receiver’s square tube less likely to split due to the high leverage of a bike rack. Ease of Installation: Both hitches require a “spacer” or block that fits into the Accord’s rails with the carriage bolts. The width of the Draw-Tite’s spacer required the entrance hole to be enlarged by drilling, filing, or prying open the hole on my brand new Accord, the Curt’s spacer is sized so that it just slips in the existing hole without modification. Appearance: Both reveal about the same amount, the rounded cross section of the Curt tubing results in a more attractive look. Ground Clearance: When installed, the Curt hitch has better ground clearance that the Draw-Tite. Paint finish: the same for both. Manufacturing Quality Control: The sample of Draw-Tite (bearing a “Made in Mexico” sticker) I installed was defective. Drawbars had to be pounded in by sledge hammer and awkwardly pounded out by same, ruining the finish on the drawbar. Apparently, the receiver channel was deformed when the manufacturer “punched” the holes in the receiver channel that the drawbar pin fits through. Once the drawbar was pounded in, a welded button or stop within the channel prevented the drawbar from going in deep enough so that the drawbar holes and receiver channel holes lined up. Draw-Tite Customer Service acknowledged the defect and said that they had had several calls on this, were manufacturing new ones, orders were on backorder and I’d have to work with the place I bought the hitch for replacement. E-Trailer Customer service was superb, they contacted Draw-Tite, confirmed backorder status, shipped me the slightly more expensive Curt at no extra charge, provided pre-paid return shipping label for the defective Draw-Tite. The sample from Curt installed and worked perfectly. Thorough this experience with Draw-Tite, I had the pleasure of spending the time installing a hitch twice on the same car and gathering the data to write this review. You have the benefit of reading this comparison review. 89392


Just a quick note, the button or stop is intended to be present on Draw-Tite and Hidden Hitch Class I, 1-1/4 inch hitches. That stop will prevent the use of Class II Only designed ball mounts, carriers and racks.

Patrick B - 07/16/2013


Thanks for this comparison!!

comment by: R s - 02/23/2014


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by: Gator08/29/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

Etrailer actually has their items in stock in their warehouse. No waiting for drop shipments from manufacturers not even knowing if the item is in stock. Had the shipment on my doorstep within 3 days of placing order. Shipping was included. Hidden Hitch is a known brand name, price was better than any other manufacturers, hitch is well built, great looking welds, heavy duty materials, nice thick powder coat finish with absolutely no runs however hitch will not be seen anyway, thus hidden hitch. All bolt holes lined up perfectly, bolts are large and hardened and withstand the torque specifications. This is really an overbuilt class 1 hitch meaning it will never fail. The install was super easy and very quick. Wells designed, and well hidden. The little plastic rivets on the Yaris are easily removed by gently prying out the little center tab. Just pull it out gently til it stops, not all the way. The rivet is now released and will remove easily from the hole. When ready, slide the rivet back into the hole, then press the center tab back in. The instructions mentioned that a small amount of the fascia may have to be trim to clear the hitch. I did not have to do this. It was a tight fit but I was able to push it in enough to line up the holes and fasten the rivets without trimming. It took me longer to find my sockets and torque ratchet than it took for the actual install. See attached photos. 149160

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by: Dan S01/10/2015

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

Like the hitch - it's nice that the bar goes over the muffler instead of under it like 90% of the other hitches for Camrys. I was worried about scraping if I got one of those that bent under the muffler. I was a little nervous about the bolt holes on my old 97 car from some other reviews I read (people saying you should buy a tap to get it in there, etc), but the bolts went in after I sprayed some wd-40 up in there and cleaned as far in as I could with an old toothbrush. Then threaded the bolts by hand as far as I could go, backed them out, threaded a little further,etc. I made sure I could drive the bolts all the way with my ratchet prior to attempting it with the hitch held up in the air and they did go in with a little wrenching and a lot of lube. One weird installation issue - I am not sure if my car is a bit odd, but the right side of the hitch on the muffler side sort of hit the underside of the bumper so it couldn't seat all the way by just holding the hitch up to the underside. To get it on, I loosely bolted on the left side and the rear bolt on the right and then threaded the bolt closest the bumper a couple threads by hand and proceeded to basically wrench it down from there. I think it sort of "smushed" the piece of the bumper that was in the way up a bit and after a bunch of turns, it went on and looked fine. Overall very happy with the end product and pleased with the customer service from 168538

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by: Luppie12/31/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

This trailer hitch fits my 2015 Fiat 500e perfectly without any needs to drill additional holes. It took about 45 minutes to install if you are handy. The Fiat 500e is not designed to tow anything so the trailer hitch is really to hold my bike rack since it's designed to latch on to the left/right bumber brackets and to the right side of uni-body above the spare tire mount. If the hitch is re-designed to attach to both side of the uni-body, then I would consider towing a very lite weight trailer but I will not with the current design. It'd helped to watch the eTrailer installation video to a 2012 Fiat 500, on YouTube. The 500e does not have a spare-tire mount nor a muffler so it is easier to install since you would skip those steps. I had search the internet for an inexpensive trailer hitch and I am glad some dude recommended this particular hitch for the 500e and it fits! The best part of this whole installation is that you can remove the hitch and return the vehicle to the original configuration. 167461

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by: Charles. 2013 Ford fiesta SE Hatchback11/17/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

Purchased primarily for bumper protection with draw bar added for my teenage daughter's new car. The Fiesta is a good first car for the novice teenager. But living in NYC one learns quickly that you have to fortify your vehicle like a tank in order to minimize damage from idiots parking behind you. This fits the bill. You'll be surprised how effective it is. They know to keep their distance if they don't want a gaping hole in their front bumper, lol. Oh and mounting a bike carrier on it, which I do have, is nice too. Originally ordered the Hiiden Hitch brand because I was familiar with product and liked it. But customer service said I had to wait at least a month because they were on back order. I didn't want to wait so they recommended Draw Tite. It is frankly of better quality than The Hidden Hitch. Heavier steel. I had to buy a draw bar since this one did not come with one as Hidden Hitch does. Another 20 bucks but even that piece is of better quality. It is made of solid steel unlike the other. Installation: well it took me about 90 minutes. I did it on my own without a lift. It's difficult to do on your own but with a bit of ingenuity it can be done. It's heavy so I had to place a box about 10 inches high under the vehicle and resting the hitch on top. After removing rubber hangers from muffler, I slippped right side of hitch over the top of muffler and resting it there. NOT NECESSARY TO REMOVE HEAT SHIELD as instructions tell you to do and cut. I did not do this thereby eliminating extra work. Besides I did not want to compromise integrity of vehicle as not to give Ford any excuses to void warranty for exhaust system. I connected left side first and hand tightened nuts and bolts (one nut and one bolt). Then connected the muffler side. Then tightened all. Highly recommend this product as I believe it will out live the life of the vehicle. Solid choice. 161390

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by: Ed Blair02/28/2015

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

The hitch was as expected. It came well packaged and within a couple of days. This is not the first time I have ordered with this company and it always seems to go well. This hitch actually attaches with four bolts for the 2015 Fusion. You only need take out four little nuts holding the bottom bumper and then work the hitch in place. I actually did the work myself with the car sitting on the ground. Additionally, you should get yourself one of those cone bits that allow you to make holes of varying sizes. The instructions suggest that you cut away a large section of your back bumper support but this makes no sense, just make a hole in the support so the bolt is clear of the support and then reattach the support, installing the original support nut upside down. In the attached photo you can see the support for the hitch (black) and the plastic bumper support with the bolt in view. You will notice where I have drilled a hole to clear the bolt. You will see a little nut to the right, this is all that holds the bumper support. To get it back in place turn the little nut upside down. You can install finger tight. You should also know that the bumper support is flexible to the extent you can move it out of the way while you work, just as long as you take off the two lower valance nuts at the bottom of the bumper. All told this took me 30 minutes by myself and it all looks great! Finally, the receiver section of the hitch does stick out a little more then what I would have liked but that would be about the only negative, if anything. 176466

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by: Mark P.06/04/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

The product seems to be good quality. The installation is a little tricky, though. The instructions aren't hard to read, but make sure and look at ALL the figures and read through it all twice. I've done a lot of car work (replaced suspension, even swapped an engine). Yet this still took me a little over 2 hours. You'll need a 1" drill bit or a good dremel to enlarge 2 holes. Preferably a die grinder if you don't have the drill bit. Remember the eye protection! And ideally you should paint the exposed metal after drilling. You also have to bend a heat shield (near the muffler) out of the way to get a bolt in place, and it is still tricky. After everything is tight you can bend the heat shield back but it doesn't go exactly to the original position. It should be fine, though. Last note: I have a curt tongue (from my previous hitch install) and it is short enough and the receiver recessed enough that you can install it in the "upward" (recommended) position. However, I do like how discreet this receiver will be when not in use. So, it seems like it is quality made, but I think the estimate for instillation is too low. So, 4 out of 5. 83372


Ive had the product for a year now and everything is still working as it should. No issues.

Mark P - 06/04/2014


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by: Pete09/11/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

Straightforward install and a perfect fit, of course. The estimate of 5" from hitch bolt hole to outside edge of bumper is pretty accurate. I chose this hitch because my bike rack protrudes 6" from the bolt hole and with this hitch I have about an inch of clearance from the bumper to the rack. (I chose this hitch over the Curt because the Curt sits an inch deeper under the car. I'm glad I did because it would have been a pretty tight fit if the rack were an inch farther under the car.) If at all possible have someone hold the hitch for you while you bolt it to the car (like they do in the video). I found myself home alone and it was tricky to do it solo while laying on the ground under the vehicle. Though I did eventually discover that the notch in the Focus jack that is meant to hold the car also holds one end of the rack perfectly while you work on the other end. Still, performing the install alone meant that it took me more like 90 minutes start to finish rather than the 30 that eTrailer estimates. Make sure you have a deep-ish 11/16" socket for the job. Probably 2 inches deep should do. I had to purchase one midway through the job (not included in the aforementioned 90 minutes) because the standard socket was bottoming out on the carriage bolts before I could torque them to spec. I only removed the rear-most (closest to the bumper) exhaust hanger and was able to manage the job, but the rack bolt that ends up directly above the exhaust was difficult to torque down due to obstruction by the muffler. The hitch is of excellent quality. It arrived quickly and safely,'s customer service and installation video were excellent, and the hitch does its job. 23734

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by: Peter K03/01/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

This is my 2nd hitch receiver purchase from eTrailer. First one was for my 2007 Honda Odyssey; a HiddenHitch brand. I was debating whether to go with HiddenHitch or the Draw-Tite. But what sold me on the Draw-Tite was that it was rated "tough" -- I'm pretty sure that it is because when I received it, I noticed how well it was built. Either brand would require the factory frame holes to be enlarged somewhat on the 2012 Mazda5. Dremmel came in handy once again with metal grinder. I drilled a hole next to the factory one and started to shave the metal off. Then I sprayed it with a primer as a rust inhibitor. It actually took longer than 40min-1hour. But that's because I had taken my time as I wanted to install it correctly. Only thing that I would have improved with the Draw-Tite hitch receiver is the opening for the receiver could have been tapered instead if being straight cut. Instruction was pretty straightforward and the metal spring/string which was provided came in handy. Along with the hitch receiver, I also purchased the flat cargo carrier for the upcoming trip. Overall, I am very happy with the purchase. eTrailer once again, made what could have been a chore install a breeze. 32833

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by: Billy Ramirez08/24/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

What can I say but EXCELLENT hitch! I finally got around to installing it today on the Grand Prix. Talk about effortless! Installed complete, from start to finish, in 30 minutes! No lie! I was lucky with mine. I didn't even have to drill the existing holes wider because the bolts with the kit fit right in perfectly. I did, however, use two lock washers for the rear that weren't included in the kit, and also Locktite, but that's just me. All in all, I am extremely pleased with the quality and fitment of the hitch. This is my third hitch install and by far the best of the bunch. Etrailer is number one! 96727

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by: Doug J.07/04/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

The product itself is just fine, sturdy and light and the wiring was fairly easy once you determined the wire paths. Drilling was required as stated on the web site and pretty easy. You do need to remove (2) 3/8" bolts to move the exhaust (very easy). BUT, the way the 2002 sebring convertible is built in the back frame does NOT make this install a 3 out of 10. Maybe that rating is for someone with more experience than myself. But here's the deal: the holes for the screws are enclosed by a metal casing (see picture attached) that has a small opening at the top facing the trunk. You literally have to tie string, fishing line etc to feed the washer and screw so you don't lose them inside the casing. Getting the washer lined up with the hole, keeping it there and then manipulating the screw into the hole is like performing an elaborate magic trick. Total install time 3hrs. Again, the bulk of that time was getting the screws and washers lined up and placed. I would hope that the difficulty level is adjusted properly unless there is a special technique that was not included in the instructions. If not for the difficult install I would mark this product as excellent. Shipping Time: 3days regular ground UPS Competitive Pricing: Cheapest I found on the web including wiring. Would recommend or buy again: Definitely. 46715

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by: Shane S.03/21/2014

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It helps if you back your car onto ramps four more room. Also, if you just push a thin wire or hanger through the bolt holes for the back of the brace (closer to the front of your car) out to the larger holes in the sides of the frame and then place the bolt into the rectangular support plate. I found that if you use a heavy fishing line our a narrow piece of string you can easily pull that back through the bolt hole. Just wrap the string around the threads and tie it tight (a wrap of electrical tape would not hurt just to be sure you do not lose your bolt and bracket) in the frame. Then feed the bolt and bracket into the larger hole and BAM it pulls out of the mounting holes easily. I have some experience fishing things, but it only took about 10 min to do both sides. Then bolt the back of the hitch on and be careful not to push the bolt back up into the frame. Do not fully tighten the back bolts until you drill out the front holes (near the bumper) out for the bolt to fit. Then just place the smaller bolts into the square bracket and push them through from behind then fully tighten all four of the bolts and you cane have this hitch on in way less than an hour. I am so glad I did not go and spend a fortune at u-haul and did the work on my own. It does help to have a second person to hold the hitch at times) The electrical is pretty easy also just take off your rear lights and make sure you splice into the proper electrical wires. I was very happy with my purchase and will not buy a hitch any-where else!! 121556

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by: Mike Spear06/06/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

This is the second hitch I have purchased from you and both hitches have been very well made. The first one for my Hyundai Sonata was easy to install and I used it to attach my bike rack and occasionally tow a small utility trailer. I sold that car and now have a 2002 Chrysler Sebring convertible. The hitch itself was made equally well and now that it’s installed, I expect it to provide the same great functionality and service too. However, the installation was a nightmare. And it didn’t need to be. The instructions have you inserting the heavy steel retaining/load distribution plates through an opening in a boxed girder section of the rear frame; to which the heavy rear bumper reinforcement cross piece is attached (welded in place). This opening is marginal at best to insert these plates and the ½” carriage bolts that go through them. But trying to then insert the bolts through the holes in the plates is next to impossible. I could describe in detail why this is, but I haven’t got the time. A better solution would be: first, provide a template to predrill the second hole on each side so that you don’t have to mount the hitch to determine the position of this hole. And most crucially, supply hex machine bolts instead of carriage bolts and weld nuts to the plates so that bolts are inserted facing up through the hitch places and threaded into those plates with the pre-welded nuts. For this reason alone, I’ve reduced my rating from “Excelent” to between excelent and “Good”. 134550

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by: Lee B.02/07/2015

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I'm using this hitch only to carry my bike carrier for transport of my bikes, no towing. Initial order was with Amazon, they couldn't deliver, so after a couple weeks and no shipment I cancelled and ordered direct with etrailer. Even etrailer had a delayed shipping of around a week to ten days once I ordered. I can't imagine this hitch for my car is in such demand, so mostly likely a short run, not high demand item. I can't blame a business for working on the high demand, high quantity items first, if that was the case. Product fit pretty good, instructions talk about threaded nut/hole up on sides of sub-frame that is covered with tape but in my case it was covered with undercoating (new car stuff, not aftermarket) and tape. Took me 15 -20 minutes to discover where the threaded mounting hole was up on the sides of sub-frame. The muffler does make slight contact with the hitch now at various times, I'll loosen the mounting hardware on the hitch sometime and see if I can move it enough to prevent that contact. Otherwise, decent fit. I did remove my muffler and for me, working off the floor of my garage, it seemed easier, overall. I did support the single pipe coming back to my muffler while the muffler was off the car. 172834


I loosened up the four mounting bolts, used a good size hammer and a block of wood and I was able to move the hitch towards the back of my car so the muffler no longer vibrates against the hitch. Sweet! With that I give the hitch five stars now!!

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by: Jim F.07/01/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

received my trailer hitch on Thursday and took Friday afternoon off from work to install it, not knowing how long it would take. Upon opening the box, everything I needed was there and the hitch was in great condition. You never know how shippers will handle heavier objects, but the box seems a good fit for the hitch. With everything all laid out, I proceeded to use my Dremel tool to enlarge the two from mounting holes under the car to accept the carriage bolts and supporting bracket that had to be fished from one side to another via the "fishing" wire. This was a handy and ingenious device that allowed for easy transfer of bracket and bolt through the front hole and pulled through the back hole. Once all four bolts and brackets were in place, I laid on the ground with the hitch on my chest and easily lifted it into place. I had read that I would have to lower my exhaust to put the hitch in, but it was not necessary. There were two spacer blocks that I added to the front bolts to even out the hitch. When everything was in place, I tightened all of the bolts and was complete. I had a hitch ball from my other car, so I transferred to the ball bracket and was done. In all it took about an hour and a half from start to finish. 138555

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by: Patrick01/15/2013

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

Purchased this to go with a Thule hitch bike rack. Shipping time, and fitment were both exceptional. I was a little puzzled by the packaging, which seemed a little lacking (no packing material in the box, hardware bag wrapped around and taped sloppily to the hitch bar itself). Had to scrape out some welding slag from inside the receiver that was interfering with the bike rack, but no big deal. The main issue I had was torquing the main bolts that attach the bar to the car's unibody. The included "handle" nuts that you stick inside the frame wanted to turn when I was getting the bolts locked down, such that it was actually bending and pulling the entire handles inside the frame. I was unable to get them to the full 75 ft-lbs. of torque, but they're still pretty darn tight. I don't think it'll be going anywhere. 63126


No problems at all so far with the receiver bar.

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by: Rod07/18/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

Extremely well made hitch that fit to the bolt configuration of the car perfectly. There was only one problem. This is a 2003 car that has 90,000 miles on it and many winters of salt. The 14mm "bumper bolts" that the hitch attaches to to prevent vertical movement snapped off rather than spinning. I put WD40 on the bolts twice a day for two days before trying to remove them and I applied it liberally while trying to take the bolts off. Instructions say, "Step 1 lower exhaust." Use WD40 and a thin screwdriver to remove the rubber bumper that attaches to the arm welded to the muffler. I sprayed WD40, pushed the screw driver in, more WD40, pushed more until the screwdriver went all the way through. Lots more WD40 and it eventually slid off. That was enough to get the hitch between the bumper and the muffler pipe. No need to take the muffler off completely. Last bit of advice is to put some thin but strong thread around the bolt's very last thread. Put bolt into the frame, then put the thread through the washer, place the washer into the frame, then gently pull and jiggle and the whole thing will eventually line up and the bolt will pull through. Hoping for some ideas on what to do about the broken bolts. I'm using this with a cargo carrier, so worst case I can use web straps to the car to prevent it from moving vertically.. 19616

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by: Jeff03/10/2015

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

Great product ! Used a jack to help with holding the Hitch while mounting, note on driver side mounting you don't use front factory bracket hole , on passenger side you use both factory mounting holes. Before tightening bolts completely , check your U-bolt and make sure it lines up , mine was a 1/4 inch off and had to use a 5lb sledge hammer to get the factory tow loop into right position. No fault to the hitch my tow loop looked like it was hit by something prior to the installation. All and all about 30 minute job. 177791

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by: MARK ESTES01/09/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

Hint My car, a Ford Focus ZX3 hatch back required one hole drilled. I first mounted the hitch with the other three bolts, and then drilled the hole for the fourth bolt as directed. The problem then was how to remove the burr that extended on the blind side of the car’s frame where I couldn’t reach? Hint 1) I used a medium size Allen wrench, the long end secured in a drill motor. I inserted the small end into the hole by tilting it and proceeded to free spin it on high speed in side then drew back unto the inside surface with the burr, it removed easily. Hint 2) I used a combination of heavy thread or fish line could be used, and wire to insert the last bolt. First, fish the bent wire with small hook on end through the ½” hole you drilled and back out the access hole, then hook the thread and draw it back through. Second, thread it through the washer block and tie it around the tip of the bolt and trim excess. Third fish the washer through the access hole and using the bent wire position it over the ½” hole, then pull on the thread as you feed the bolt through, while assisting with bent wire. After bolt is extending through pull and rotate it, until the square neck of the carriage bolt aligns with the square hole of the washer and fully extends down. Finally add conical washer and nut and tightened. . 5228

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by: Dr. Gil03/20/2014

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

Draw tight has a great reputation and we believe this a great product for our application. The Etrailer team speaks English and treated me like a member of their personal family (with 15 grandchildren I really appreciate this atmosphere. This concept of service and follow up is a concept our politicians should emulate...I believe the Etrailer team "really did build this business with customer satisfaction in mind". Rose took my order like she was helping her own grandpa and George sent me a subsequent email confirming my order and expediting my order with an upgraded shipping service...just to show appreciation for my business. Today I received another follow up to make sure I was satisfied. I am an old retired doctor and I like to do my own projects and with 6 grown children and 15 grandchildren I have been frustrated with products and especially DIY directions. Not this time! My 11 year old granddaughter took one side of the hitch and I took the other side and WE completed the operation in less than 30 minutes. Not bad for an old doctor and a young nurse. Last word from the old doctor to the Etrailer team "People don't care how much you know...until they know how much you care" God bless you all Yours for the best products and service Dr. Gill 121442

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by: J Swift01/25/2011

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

Photos from 98 Trans Am Install. I Installed this hitch on my 98 Trans Am in less than an Hour with simple hand tools. The shipping was extremely fast, and price was more than reasonable. I use this to Haul my Custom Built Harley Davidson and it works perfect. The only Problem is the Draw bar does NOT fit real tight and creates a small amount of play which allows the trailer to bounce when going down the Highway. 6085

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by: Troy Weaver07/29/2012

Review from a similar Draw-Tite Sportframe in Trailer Hitch

Super well built and fitting hitch for a 1998 Mazda 626. The only problem is what it takes to install it on a car that really shouldn't have a trailer behind it. Getting the carriage bolt and supports in place was tough. I recommend cutting or grinding 1/4" off the carriage bolt rather than elongating the 1/2" hole a little like I did (the carriage bolt is just a little too long to fit upright in the channel and fit through the 1/2" hole). The right rear muffler support becomes unuseable and I used a hose clamp instead. All in all, the hitch and mounting are probably the strongest part of the car frame. 49717

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  • I would recommend a hitch and hitch mount bike rack for your 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible. Because there is no place to secure the top straps of a trunk mounted bike rack, none of the manufacturers carry a trunk mount that is recommended for the convertible models. The Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, # 24679, along with the Swagman XTC-2, # S64670, platform 2 bike rack would be an excellent setup for transporting bikes with your Beetle.
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  • Recommendation for Carrying 2 Bikes with a 2010 VW Beetle Convertible
  • We do have an option for carrying two bikes on a 2010 VW Beetle Convertible, but at this time there is not a trunk mount bike rack available for the convertible models. As long as your Beetle is not the Turbo S model you can use the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, # 24679, along with a hitch mounted 2 bike rack that is compatible with a Class I Hitch. I would recommend the Swagman XTC-2 bike rack, # S64670, because it is easy to load bikes on and it folds compact for storage....
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24679 Fit a 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Turbo Diesel
  • I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite about hitch # 24679 and a 2002 VW New Beetle Turbo Diesel. the only model that this trailer hitch will not fit is the Turbo S model. If yours is branded as a Turbo S it will not fit, otherwise it fits all models. I have included a link to the installation instructions and a video showing a typical installation for you. If you plan on doing some towing, the correct ball mount is # 3593 and you can use pin and clip # PC2, 1-7/8 inch ball # 19256, and...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
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  • What Hitch Is Available to Fit A 2005 Or 2006 Volkswagen Rabbit
  • The new body style VW Rabbit was introduced to the US as a 2006 model. I do not have a listing for a 2005 VW Rabbit, just a Golf. You might check to see if your VW Rabbit might be a 2006 model. The Draw-Tite Class I Hitch, # 24679, will fit on a 2006 VW Rabbit but not the GTI V6 models. It attaches to the vehicles trunk floor. It has a gross towing weight capacity of 2,000 lbs. and a tongue weight capacity of 200 lbs. With the # 24679 hitch if you will be towing you will need the...
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  • 2006 VW New Beetle Convertible Gas Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation
  • I have a hitch that will fit your 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle, but the Hidden Hitch part # 24679 that you referenced is designed for newer Beetles than what you have so I would not recommend it for you. You would want the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24679. This is a Class I hitch that could carry your two bikes easily. I attached an install video for you to check out. Anybody with a decent mechanical inclination could install this hitch. There is no welding required, if you are uncomfortable...
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  • Will Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24679 Fit a Non-Turbo 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle
  • Yes, the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch, # 24679, will fit your 2009 VW New Beetle non-turbo model. I have included a link to the installation instructions for you to view. If you plan on doing any towing, the recommended ball mount is # 3593 and you can use pin and clip # PC2. For a ball, use # 19256 (1-7/8 inch diameter) or # 19258 (2 inch diameter). For trailer wiring, use # 119178KIT. I have included a link to a video showing a typical installation of the wiring on a similar vehicle for...
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  • Would the Swagman XTC-2 Work on a 2003 VW New Beetle Convertible
  • You will first need a hitch, but yes, the Swagman XTC-2 # S64670 that you referenced would work on your 2003 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible. For a hitch I would recommend the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24679. I attached install videos for both products for you to check out also.
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  • What is the Correct Ball Mount for a 2007 Volkswagen new Beetle
  • The correct ball mount for any Class I or Class II trailer hitch should be listed in the hitch instructions from the manufacturer. You have to use the ball mount the hitch manufacturer states because it is the optimal option for that hitch and vehicle combination. For Draw-Tite hitch # 24679, the correct ball mount is # 3593 and you can use pin and clip # PC2. For Curt hitch # 11066 the correct ball mount is # C45510. However, the Curt hitch and Hidden Hitch # 60902 come with the correct...
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2007 Volkwagen Rabbit
  • For your 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit you would want a Draw Tite Hitch part # 24825. This hitch has been confirmed to fit your vehicle. The Draw Tite Hitch # 24679 that you referenced is a fit for other Volkswagen vehicles but not your Rabbit so I would not recommend it for you.
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch # 24679 Fit on a 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
  • Convertibles are not typically compatible with trailer hitches due to the additional support braces attached to the frame for the convertible top, so I spoke with my contact at Draw-Tite and he told me that while they have not specifically tested the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, # 24679, on a 2010 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible, they have not received any fit issues of this hitch with a convertible. I have attached the installation instructions of this hitch for you to check...
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  • Trailer Hitch And Bike Rack Recommendation To Carry One Mountain Bike On A 1998 Volkswagen Beetle
  • On your 1998 Volkswagen Beetle I would recommend the Draw-Tite Class I 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 24679. This is a Class I 1-1/4 inch hitch that has a maximum tongue weight rating of 200 lbs. You will only be able to carry a maximum of two bikes on a Class I hitch. Since you are looking to only carry one bike this hitch will work fine for you. I am including a link to the installation instructions on the Draw-Tite hitch. The Swagman XC 2 Bike Carrier, part # S64650, is a good choice to...
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  • Draw Tite Hitch # 24679 Recommendation for a 2004 VW New Beetle GLX Turbo
  • You are correct, this Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch # 24679 will work on your 2004 Volkswagen Beetle GLX. The only model this hitch will not work on is the Turbo S and since that is not what you have you should be good. I attached installation instructions for you to check out.
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch # 24679 fit a 2008 VW Golf City
  • Yes, the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch # 24679 that you referenced is confirmed to fit your 2008 Volkswagen City Golf. I attached installation instructions and an install video for you to check out also.
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  • Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2002 Volkswagen Beetle Turbo
  • The only real difference between the two hitches you referenced is that the Draw Tite # 24679 does not come with a ball mount, whereas the Hidden Hitch # 60902 does come with one. Since all you need a hitch for is to carry a bike rack the Draw Tite would be a better option. The bike rack I would recommend is the Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670. This rack will carry your two bikes easily and since it is a platform rack the style of frame you have won't matter or require you to...
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  • Will the Thule DoubleTrack Platform Bike Rack Work on a 2006 Volkswagen Beetle with Turbo Diesel
  • Yes, the Thule Platform Bike Rack, # TH990XT, will work on your 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle with turbo diesel engine. To use this rack you will need to install a receiver hitch like the Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, # 24679, which is compatible with the New Beetle with turbo option. We have installation videos and I have linked installation instructions for the bike rack and hitch for you to review.
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  • Availability of Cargo Carrier For 2003 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
  • I would not have any roof cargo carriers or roof cargo bags that would be able to mount to the convertible roof of your 2003 Volkswagen Beetle. The convertible roof is not designed to carry any amount of weight. I would recommend to use a hitch and a hitch cargo carrier to carry any extra cargo on your Beetle. The hitch would be the Draw-Tite Class I 1-1/4 Inch Hitch, part # 24679. This hitch has a 200-lb tongue weight capacity. You will want to check your owners manual or with...
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  • Will the Draw-Tite Trailer Hitch Fit a 2000 Volkswagen Golf 1.8 Liter Turbo
  • According to Draw-Tite, Hitch # 24679 will fit a 2000 Volkswagen Golf including turbo models (GTI). I have included a link to the installation details for you to view so you can determine if anything under the vehicle will interfere with the hitch. If you plan on doing some towing, the correct ball mount is # 3594 and you can use pin and clip # PC2. For a ball use # 19256 (1-7/8 inch diameter) or # 19258 (2 inch diameter). For trailer wiring, use harness # 119178KIT. I have included...
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  • Trailer Hitch and Bike Rack Recommendations for a 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
  • In order to carry bikes on a 2006 Volkswagen New Beetle convertible you will need to install a trailer hitch because there are no trunk mount or roof rack options for the convertible models. I recommend Draw-Tite trailer hitch # 24679. This is a Class I trailer hitch so you will need a rack that is Class I compatible and you are limited to a maximum of 2 bikes. For a compatible bike rack I recommend the Swagman Titan, # S63400. It features anti-sway cradles, an integrated cable lock,...
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  • Bike Carrying Recommendations for 2014 Volkswagen Beetle Convertible
  • Because none of our trunk mount bike rack manufacturers offer a bike rack that's compatible with the Convertible Beetle model, you'll need to go with a hitch and a hitch mounted bike rack. I'd recommend the Draw-Tite Class I hitch, part # 24922 which is a fit for your vehicle, unless it's an 'R' model. I've linked you to the most popular hitch mounted bike racks among VW Beetle owners. The Swagman XTC2, part # S64670 is one of the most popular racks because it's so easy to use, and because...
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  • Bike Carrying Options for 1991 BMW 318ic, 2000 VW Golf and 2000 VW Passat Wagon
  • Once the Curt # C11514 hitch was installed on the 1991 BMW 3 series convertible, a rack designed to be held on with a trailer ball, like Swagman's # S64095 would be your best choice. The # 19256 would hold the rack onto the fixed drawbar of the hitch. For your 2000 VW Golf, I'd recommend the Draw-Tite # 24679, and for the 2000 Passat Wagon, I'd recommend the Draw-Tite # 24698 hitch. As you mentioned, the last two hitches are Class I rated with a 1-1/4 inch receiver. Both the bike...
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  • Installation Instructions for the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24679 on a 2006 VW New Beetle
  • I attached a link to the installation instructions to the right as well as an install video that should help you.
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle Turbo
  • If your 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle turbo is not an S model then you can install a trailer hitch, # 24679. There are currently no hitch options for the Turbo S models, only the regular Turbo models. You could then use a bike rack that is compatible with a Class I trailer hitch. I recommend the Swagman Trailhead, # S63360. It can fold down, it has anti-sway cradles, and the rise in the shank provides more ground clearance. I do not recommend a trunk mount rack because of the spoiler....
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle
  • The Draw Tite hitch part # 24679 that you referenced is the correct hitch for your 2002 Volkswagen New Beetle so it would be the right choice. The thing about Class I hitches like this hitch is that you can only use the recommended ball mount for the hitch otherwise you void the warranty of the hitch. Draw Tite says that you have to use the part # 3593 as a ball mount in the rise position so that is the only one I can recommend for you. For a hitch ball you could not use the part # C40031...
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  • Which Trailer Hitch Is Least Visible When Installed On 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle
  • We have the dimensions for 2 of the 3 hitches that are designed to fit your 2009 Volkswagen New Beetle. The Hidden Hitch Trailer Hitch, part # 60902, measures 7-1/4 inches from the ground to the top of the receiver tube, and 5-1/2 inches from the hitch pin hole to the back of the bumper. The Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, part # 24679, measures 7-5/8 inches from the top of the receiver to the ground and 4 inches from the center of the hitch pin hole to the back edge of the bumper,...
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  • Bike Rack Recommendation for a 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible
  • I would recommend a hitch and hitch mount bike rack for your 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible. Because there is no place to secure the top straps of a trunk mounted bike rack, none of the manufacturers carry a trunk mount that is recommended for the convertible models. The Draw-Tite Sportframe Trailer Hitch, # 24679, along with the Swagman XTC-2, # S64670, platform 2 bike rack would be an excellent setup for transporting bikes with your Beetle.
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  • Hitch Recommendation for a 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible Turbo
  • Yes, the Draw Tite Hitch part # 24679 that you referenced will fit your 2005 Volkswagen New Beetle Turbo Convertible. I confirmed this with Draw Tite. If you are looking for a bike rack the Swagman XTC2 Bike Rack part # S64670 would be an excellent choice. This is one of our best selling and highest rated bike racks we offer. I attached a review video.
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Volkswagen New Beetle Accessories

Weight Carrying Capacity
Gross Towing Weight (GTW):
2,000 lbs.

Tongue Weight (TW):
200 lbs.

Weight Distribution Capacity
Hitch does not allow
use of weight distribution

Trailer Hitch Installation Instructions 24679 Installation instructions 24679 Installation Instructions

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Drilling required for installation,Trunk access required for hitch installation,Minor heat shield modification may be required,

Manufacturer Estimated Installation Time

Recommended Wiring:
Draw-Tite 119178KIT

Recommended Ball Mount:
Draw-Tite recommends:
Draw-Tite 3593

1-7/8" hitch ball - 19256

2" hitch ball - 19258

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